Happy Mother’s Day to the ‘Other Mothers’ in Our Lives

Katrina Shawver and her friend Nancy in 2011

Katrina and Nancy Zguda, 2011.

Happy Mother’s Day to the ‘other mothers’ in our lives. Many women are like mothers to others regardless of family ties, and I think it’s good to recognize and honor those women on Mother’s Day. I know three modest yet special women who play a big role in children’s lives, though they are not mothers themselves: Jo Ann of Colorado, Pam of Indiana, and Hayley Rose from Arizona.

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Happy New Year 2017! Here’s what I crossed off my list.

Happy New Year! My son is home from the Navy

December 31, 2016. My son Derrick is home from the Navy. I haven’t seen him in two years. Happy New Year indeed.

Happy New Year 2017.  Do you set resolutions, or review past accomplishments? Or both? I gave up on resolutions several years ago. Why? It became depressing and somewhat self-defeating that not a single one lasted all year. I already know rush hour at the gym begins January 1 and fades by Valentine’s Day. The “I’ll work out/do yoga/write every day/be grateful/choose your goal” becomes “OK, three times a week is still good,” to “Well, you know, life just happens.” Still, a year has 365 days to start something new. To cross something, anything, off the bucket list. To add something to the dreams list. Looking back at 2016, here’s what I crossed off. Look out 2017, here I come.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Everything

Katrina Shawver and daughter Jamie, Christmas 2015

Treat Every Day Like Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Everything my friends. Whatever your belief, I hope the light of the season and the message of peace fills your spirit and homes. In a week, my Navy son will be home for the first time in two years. I can’t wait.

Where there is hurt, may it be lessened. Where there is abundance, may there be gratitude. Where there are blessings, may they be shared abundantly. And one of my favorite sayings my daughter Jamie and I share, Treat Every Day Like Christmas.

Wesołych Świąt / Szczęśliwego święta Chanuka
Fröhliche Weihnachten / Fröhliches Hanukkah
Joyeux Noël / Joyeux Hanoucca
Feliz Navidad / Feliz Jánuca
Buon Natale / Felice Hanukkah

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A Special Thank You to the Polish American Congress of Arizona

Polish Heritage Ball 2016, Phoenix Arizona

L-R, Bogumil Horchem, Honorary Consul Republic of Poland, Katrina, and author Greg Archer

I’m sending a special thank you to the Polish American Congress of Arizona for graciously including me on their guest list for the 42nd Annual Polish Heritage Ball. The event, timed closely to Polish Independence Day, was a true celebration of Polish culture from folk dancing to Chopin. More photos below. Continue reading